Integrating Learning Experience Design in Higher Ed

Carol Damm
Carol Damm directs all aspects of program assessment of twelve online masters programs for Graduate Professional Studies at Brandeis University. This includes curriculum development and alignment of each program under advisement of program chairs and advisory board members. She also leads the exploration and development of new product offerings for professional development to meet corporate partners’ needs and to address industry-recognized skill gaps for which GPS can offer programmatic expertise. Carol also teaches fundamentals of instructional and learning experience design at  Brandeis in the newly formed Masters of Science in Learning Experience Design at GPS. She draws on her experience as an instructional designer and communications professional to teach students about this emerging sector of learning design based on a convergence of the systematic application of principles and methods from learning sciences with human-centered principles and design practices. Her current research interests center on developing robust analytics that can elucidate the confluence of motivation and learning in a learning environment.

Gary David

Gary David conducts ethnographic research in a variety of setting, with research on: 1) integrated experience design; 2) examinations of implementation and use of technology, 2) collaborative communication, 3) organizational culture and change, and 4) assets-based innovation. He also has his own consultancy called ethno-analytics, which integrates big data in local contexts. Present projects include examining the nature of collaborative activity in multicultural worksites, the impact of speech recognition technology and electronic medical records on healthcare, the implementation of enterprise systems on workplaces, and how co-workers build a collaborative relationship through engaging in workplace practices.  Additionally, he is involved in work applying conversation analysis and forensic linguistic to the examination of customer experience, police interrogations, and workplace interactions. 

Melissa Kane
Melissa Kane is an Instructional Designer at Brown University, and an adjunct instructor in the Education and English departments at Johnson & Wales University.  Melissa has extensive experience working with educators and educational leaders in curriculum, instruction and assessment design, and has lead professional development in this context for K-20 educators and leaders for over fifteen years.  Prior to her tenure at Brown, Melissa was an Instructional Design and Technology Specialist at Johnson & Wales University and a secondary English language arts teacher respectively. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Colby-Sawyer College, a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the State University of New York at Oswego, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership from Northeastern University.  She has presented at regional, state and national conferences on student-centered learning in the medical sciences, data driven instruction in higher education, and technology integration instruction for workforce readiness.  Melissa’s research interests include design thinking, postsecondary instructional development, and learner experience design.

Brian Salerno
Brian Salerno, MS is the Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design and the Program Chair of the M.S. in Learning Experience Design Program (formerly M.S. in Instructional Design & Technology) at Brandeis University. He is currently responsible for managing the online learning infrastructure and instructional design services at Brandeis, and has significant background in instructional design, academic technology, faculty development, and leadership of cross-functional teams. 

Brian has over fifteen of experience designing, developing, assessing, and teaching online courses and programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Brian's academic focus is primarily in the fields of instructional design, communications, technology, and interactive media. Prior to joining Brandeis, Brian taught and developed online and on-campus courses at Quinnipiac University, University of New Haven, and Manchester Community College in Connecticut, and at Mount Washington College in New Hampshire. In addition to his teaching positions, Brian formerly held the positions of Director of Online Programming & Instructional Design at Mount Washington College (formerly Hesser College), Director of eLearning at University of New Haven, and an Assistant Director, College of Professional Studies and Instructional Designer for QU Online at Quinnipiac University. 

In addition to his work in higher education, he currently a doctoral candidate in Northeastern University's Doctor of Education Program. His research focuses on the support of adjunct faculty teaching effectiveness and job satisfaction.